Gary Pritchard | Research Associate

Gary Pritchard

I am a Research Fellow at the University of Surrey but was previously an ethnographer working in Open Lab on a research project that looked at user uptake of Assistive Technology (AT) among older people.

I hold a BA in Sociology and Politics from the University of Kent, a MA in Sociology and Social Research from Newcastle University, and a PhD in Sociology from Newcastle University (2011) My thesis was titled ‘Hip-Hop Heads: the Social World of Musical Performers in Post-Apartheid Cape Town’ and is available at:


Making Family Care Work: Dependence, Privacy and Remote Home Monitoring Telecare Systems
Vines J, Lindsay S, Pritchard G, ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2013)607-616


Cultural imperialism, Americanisation and Cape Town hip-hop culture: A discussion piece
Pritchard G, Social Dynamics51-55

Associated Projects

  • How to Make A Music Video 'Zine
    Drawing upon previous fieldwork in Cape Town, we produced a lo-fi, easily-reproducable, field-guide/manual in the form of a 'zine entitled 'how to make a music video'. The 'zine is available both as a hard-copy, distributed via Hype Magazine (a Cape ...
    August 30, 2011
  • Cinehack: Cape Town
    Cinehack: Cape Town is a Participatory Action Research (PAR) project, which involved the production of music videos with musicians from the Cape Town Hip hop community. PAR involves working closely with communities to "address questions and issues that...
    August 30, 2011
  • SALT: Designing Scalable Assistive Technologies and Services
    Currently, health and social care institutions struggle to meet the demands of the ageing population due to insufficient capacity and resources. The potential of new technology to assist older people and promote independent healthy living is huge. Howe...
    August 30, 2011
Copyright 2018 Open Lab